King, Japan PM discuss ties, regional, international developments

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His Majesty King Abdullah meets Japan Prime Minister Kishida Fumio at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, on September 27, 2022. (Photos Royal Court)
TOKYO His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday met in Tokyo with Japan Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, with whom he discussed the deep-rooted ties of friendship between the two countries, as well as regional and international developments, according to a Royal Court statement.اضافة اعلان

In remarks at the meeting, which was held in Akasaka Palace, King Abdullah expressed condolences over the passing of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe , pointing to his role in building bridges of cooperation and coordination with Jordan and the region.

His Majesty stressed Jordan’s keenness to build on the late prime minister’s efforts, and to continue to expand cooperation and partnership with Japan at all levels, noting that the Kingdom will remain a strong ally and a friend to Japan and its people.

Kishida said that his country looks forward to enhancing its partnership with Jordan, noting that the Abe viewed Jordan as a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East, stressing the need to build on the late prime minister’s legacy.

He also highlighted the strong relations between the Imperial Family of Japan and the Royal Family of Jordan, and expressed gratitude to the King for visiting Tokyo to attend the state funeral of Abe.

During the meeting, attended by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammad, His Majesty’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, the King expressed appreciation for Japan’s support for the development of Jordan.

The two sides agreed to maintain coordination and consultation on issues of mutual concern, in the service of the two countries and peoples, and in pursuit of global peace and security.

The King reaffirmed the importance of stepping up international efforts to reach political solutions to crises in the Middle East, foremost among them the Palestinian cause.

His Majesty also reiterated the need to relaunch the peace process, on the basis of the two-state solution, and commended Japan’s support for the peace efforts.

Hassan, and Annab attended the meeting.

King meets Japan economy minister
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday also met with Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Nishimura Yasutoshi, to discuss means of expanding economic cooperation between the two countries.

King Abdullah highlighted Jordan’s Economic Modernization Vision, and potential sectors for cooperation with Japan, such as water, ICT, and efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The King expressed appreciation for Japan’s support for refugees and host communities, highlighting the importance of the development partnership between the two countries.

His Majesty reaffirmed the need for regional and international cooperation to deal with the challenges of energy and food security caused by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Nishimura commended Jordan’s role in enhancing regional economic cooperation and hosting refugees.

Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Jordan’s Ambassador to Japan Lina Annab attended the meeting.

King meets European Council president
King Abdullah met with European Council President Charles Michel in Tokyo on Tuesday, and stressed the need to bolster cooperation and integration between the region and the EU in energy, transport, water, and food security, especially in light of the repercussions of the crisis in Ukraine.

King Abdullah and Michel reviewed opportunities to expand cooperation between Jordan and the EU, and His Majesty voiced appreciation for the continued support provided by the EU to aid Jordan’s development.

The meeting covered recent regional and international developments, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause.

The King commended the EU’s position in support of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis on the basis of the two-state solution.

His Majesty emphasized the need to support efforts to reach a just and comprehensive peace that could lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the June 4, 1967, lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The King also stressed that Jordan will continue to exert all efforts to safeguard Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, under the Hashemite Custodianship.

Discussions also covered regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a holistic approach.

Michel expressed the EU’s keenness to step up cooperation with Jordan, and voiced appreciation for the Kingdom’s role in hosting refugees.

King attends state funeral of former Japanese PM Abe
King Abdullah on Tuesday attended the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

King Abdullah extended his condolences to Kishida and the Abe family over the passing of the former prime minister, who was assassinated in July.

At the funeral, attended by a number of leaders and officials from various countries, the King was accompanied by Prince Ghazi.

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